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Vance Worley dominates in return to rotation
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

In making his first start for the Pirates in 11 days, Vance Worley turned in one of his best performances of the season, shutting down the Brewers in a 1-0 victory. The eight-inning scoreless stint was Worley's second-longest of the season, as he limited the Brewers to four singles with no walks.

Worley struck out five batters on the afternoon. He now owns an 8-4 record and a 2.93 ERA. Assuming he remains in the rotation in place of the injured Charlie Morton (sports hernia), Worley would pitch next at the Reds on Friday.

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Stephen Strasburg continues strong late-season stretch
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

Stephen Strasburg tossed seven scoreless innings against the Marlins on his way to his 13th win of the season on Sunday. In holding the Marlins to just three hits and two walks, Strasburg turned in his eighth start out his last 11 in which he has allowed no more than one earned run.

Strasburg struck out five batters in the Nationals' 2-1 victory. He improved his record to 13-11 and his ERA to 3.23. He is next scheduled to face the Marlins again on Friday.

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Carlos Beltran putting off elbow surgery
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

According to, Carlos Beltran has opted not to have surgery on his right elbow until after the season, opening up the possibility that he could play during the regular season's final week. Beltran has reported feeling more pain recently as a result of bone spurs in the elbow, and he was too sore to start Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.

However, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "We're going to wait to see if he can help us any time in the course of this week because we're still fighting." Beltran last played on Friday, serving as the Yankees' designated hitter against the Blue Jays.

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Marcell Ozuna sustains ankle sprain
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna left Sunday's game against the Nationals after turning over his right ankle running into second base. According to the Palm Beach Post, X-rays on Ozuna's ankle were negative, and he has been diagnosed with a sprain.

Right fielder Enrique Hernandez shifted to center field to replace Ozuna, while Garrett Jones replaced Hernandez defensively.

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Xander Bogaerts exits early with stiff neck
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Sunday's game at the Orioles in the bottom of the second inning, and according to, he had a stiff neck. Jemile Weeks replaced Bogaerts in the game.

Bogaerts made just one plate appearance, and he grounded out.

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Chris Sale to be limited to one more start
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

Chris Sale had his next start pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday, as reported by, eliminating the possibility of him making two starts in the season's final week. Wednesday's outing against the Tigers will be Sale's final start of the 2014 season.

Scott Carroll will toe the slab for the White Sox in a spot start on Tuesday. Sale will enter his final start with a 12-4 record and a 2.20 ERA.

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Anibal Sanchez could be activated this week
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst reports that Anibal Sanchez pitched a simulated game on Sunday, and he could return to the Tigers' pitching staff as soon as Wednesday. The date of Sanchez's activation from the disabled list depends on how well he feels on Monday.

It is not yet known what Sanchez's role will be when he returns, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he has discussed the possibility of both starting and relief roles with Sanchez. The last time Sanchez made a relief appearance was in his 2006 rookie season with the Marlins.

Sanchez has been out since Aug. 8 with a pectoral injury.

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Marcus Stroman serving reduced suspension
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst reports that Marcus Stroman dropped his appeal of a suspension for throwing near the head of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph in a Sept. 15 start. The suspension was reduced from six games to five games, and he began serving it on Sunday.

Stroman will miss his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Mariners, but he will be able to start one of the games in the Blue Jays' weekend series against the Orioles.

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Mets may shut down Jacob deGrom after Sunday start
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Sunday's start at the Braves could be the last of the season for the Mets' Jacob deGrom. Coming into Sunday's game, deGrom had made 21 starts totalling 134 1/3 innings. Adding in his work at Triple-A Las Vegas, deGrom has pitched 172 2/3 innings this season, which is 25 1/3 innings more than his previous high.

Manager Terry Collins told the Star-Ledger the team would make a decision regarding deGrom's status after Sunday's game.

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Red Sox shuffle rotation for final week
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst reports that Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa have been removed from the Red Sox's rotation for the final week of the season. Clay Buchholz, Anthony Ranaudo and Allen Webster are set to make starts against the Rays, and then Joe Kelly and Buchholz will start the last two games of the team's season-ending series against the Yankees.

Friday's starter in the series opener against the Yankees is still to be named, but Steven Wright is a candidate to get the nod. Wright has posted a 3.38 ERA in five relief appearances this season.

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